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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.2.20

                          Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.2.20

We have some very sad and disturbing news! The Alabama Supreme Court has set 2.11.21 as the execution date for Willie B. Smith III a developmentally delayed man. The Talking Points are up on our website and on our Facebook page. http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts

There is some encouraging news and we quote from the Birmingham Real-Time News: “Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington on Monday announced the formation of the Conviction Integrity Unit which will formally launch Jan. 11, 2021. The CIU will review cases of wrongful convictions for defendants convicted of certain Class A felonies and sentenced to life, life without parole or death in the Cutoff.” “State inmates sentenced to death or life in prison out of Jefferson County could get a second look at their convictions under a new initiative aimed at righting wrongs of long ago.” In addition there will be a Conviction Review Unit. Inmates sentenced to death or life in prison out of Jefferson County could get a second look at their convictions under a new initiative aimed at righting wrongs of long ago.

We know from our close association of over 20 years with Alabama’s death row that units such as these are sorely needed and are encouraged that its founders have met with Barry Scheck and Nina Morrison of the Innocence Project as well as Bryan Stevenson. We can guarantee a lot of work here in Alabama!

We were honored to receive an invitation from the Community of Sant’Egidio and Cities of Life worldwide to their worldwide celebration of all efforts to get to an end of the death penalty, from the first abolition ever (Tuscany, 1786) to the entire world. The invitation read:  “We much appreciate your very particular fellowship with Atmore death row convicts: the webinar could be a special way to raise global connection and action.” We posted the complete invitation with the link to the webinar on our Facebook page.

A “worldwide celebration” while in this country meanwhile we have the following executions scheduled:, Brandon Bernard 10 DEC 2020 Federal Alfred Bourgeois 11 Dec 2020 Federal Lisa Montgomery 12 Jan 2021 Federal Corey Johnson 14 Jan 2021 Federal Dustin Higgs 15 Jan 2021 Federal, in other words right up to the inauguration! Of course the White House did pardon that turkey following a long time tradition! We look forward to the day when mercy will become a U.S. tradition not only reserved for turkeys and politicians who lied to the FBI!

Meanwhile closer to home it appears that our move to the Seg building is coming closer as we were given a list of what property we can take with us from our current cells. Our televisions will remain behind. And yes, our cell numbers will change but the ones given on our Christmas card list even if we were to move before Christmas would still reach us: http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/858. Thank you for thinking of us even during these difficult times!

And yes, the Christmas edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope has safely landed at our printer’s. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed writing and assembling it!

In closing and as always, we continue to thank all our generous donors who either gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button or who gave directly. Thank you also to all who took the time to read our notes, commented, liked and shared them on Facebook. You encourage us and make all the difference. Please stay safe!         

                                                                                     Esther